Old 01-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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I have been posting amateur classical guitar pieces on YouTube including some pieces published in the 1970's. Do i need permission from the sheet music publisher to do this? Is there a short answer to ymthis question?

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:17 PM   #2
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I have been posting amateur classical guitar pieces on YouTube including some pieces published in the 1970's. Do i need permission from the sheet music publisher to do this? Is there a short answer to ymthis question?

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anything that has a copyright needs permission,even if you put a disclamer

the exception is when the copyright holder dies the protection stays until 70yrs has passed

just use your own music
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:35 PM   #3
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wouldn't worry about it for original performance. There's a huge amount of straight up piracy on YouTube that slips through the cracks for years.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:56 PM   #4
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I have been posting amateur classical guitar pieces on YouTube including some pieces published in the 1970's. Do i need permission from the sheet music publisher to do this? Is there a short answer to ymthis question?

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I'm assuming you mean performing them, rather than putting up pictures of the sheet music. If it's the former, you're fine. YouTube is a member of BMI and ASCAP. If it's a song in the public domain then you're free to go and it doesn't matter.

If you're actually displaying the sheet music, then yes, you do. They own the copyright to *that* and so you will need to get them to sign off on it.
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I'm assuming you mean performing them, rather than putting up pictures of the sheet music. If it's the former, you're fine.
Just a heads up that a number of times I performed like that, the scanners caught the video by analyzing the audio and disabled the audio as a copyright violation. Surely, my cover wasn't that good since it was just me strumming and singing. Never was quite sure it flagged them other than that though since it didn't flag the other three billion doing the same thing.
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I don't even dare whistle Beatles tunes in the street n'more.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:03 PM   #7
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Just a heads up that a number of times I performed like that, the scanners caught the video by analyzing the audio and disabled the audio as a copyright violation. Surely, my cover wasn't that good since it was just me strumming and singing. Never was quite sure it flagged them other than that though since it didn't flag the other three billion doing the same thing.
wow... that's surprising to me.
What's going on in the world?

ha! Whistling Beatles!
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:14 PM   #8
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wow... that's surprising to me.
What's going on in the world?

ha! Whistling Beatles!
No doubt!

That was a couple years ago though so maybe a fluke.
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There are companies and organisations actively combing through You Tube now looking for copyright protected materials. These days there isn't much deletion. The copyright holder often decides to slap ads on your video and take the revenue from it.

With You Tube and other online streaming services, there are two copyright royalties involved.. There is the broadcast / performance publishing rights which is handled by groups like BMI, ASCAP, SOCAN, etc. Then there is the mechanical / reproduction publishing rights which (in Canada) is handled by CMRRA. There are some organisations now set up and setting up in the US to handle this. You'll have to do some digging to find them. One is being run by the founder of Tunecore.

So, if you are posting a video of some one else's copyright material, you have to get a license from the publisher's broadcast AND mechanical rights admins. Or you can contact the song's publisher directly.

Yes, it's a bit more complicated than most realise.
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No doubt!

That was a couple years ago though so maybe a fluke.
It also happened to me. I did a Tom Petty cover (me + 1 guitar) and they removed the audio?!

I was like -"Dang I knew it was good, but not THAT good"

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